Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman commented on the negotiations for a normalization agreement with Israel in an interview with Fox News which aired on Wednesday.
"Every day we get closer, it seems it's for the first time real one serious. We get to see how it goes," bin Salman said in the interview.
He insisted his country could work with Israel, no matter who is in charge, calling a potential deal "the biggest historical deal since the end of the Cold War."
Bin Salman also stated that a deal would rest upon agreements related to the treatment of the Palestinian Arabs.
"If we have a breakthrough of reaching a deal that give the Palestinians their needs and make the region calm, we're going to work with whoever is there," the Saudi Crown Prince told Fox News, reiterating that he could not go into greater detail but that he wanted to see "a good life for the Palestinians."
Bin Salman also rejected the reports that Saudi Arabia had paused negotiations, which he stressed was "not true."
Commenting on the deal in which the Biden administration agreed to provide Iran access to roughly $6 billion in frozen assets for humanitarian purposes in exchange for five detained Americans, the Saudi Crown Prince argued that the deal presents a positive "step" in negotiations, and that he hopes Iran uses the money for good purposes to encourage the world to "do more."
When asked about the potential for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon and what it means for Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince reiterated statements he made in the past, saying that should Iran ever obtain such a weapon, Saudi Arabia would "have to get one, for security reasons, for balancing power."
"We are concerned if any country getting a nuclear weapon: That's a bad, that's a bad move," he said. "They don't need to get nuclear weapon because you cannot use it."
"Any country using a nuclear weapon that means they are having a war with the rest of the world," added bin Salman. "The world cannot see another Hiroshima. If the world sees 100,000 people dead that mean you are in a war with the rest of the world."
"So to use this effort to reach a nuclear weapon because you cannot use it if you use it, you got to have a big fight with the rest of the world," he added.
The Saudi Crown Prince's comments come as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his first meeting with US President Joe Biden in New York City.
During the meeting, the subject of normalization with Saudi Arabia was raised.
Netanyahu told Biden, "I think that under your leadership, Mr. President, we can forge a historic peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and I think such a peace would go a long way, first, to advance the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict, achieve reconciliation between the Islamic world and the Jewish state, and advance a genuine peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is something within our reach."